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Chin-Chin & Paw-Paw - Two Chow dogs featured on the drama GILMORE GIRLS/WB/CW/2000+. Chin-Chin and his brother Paw-Paw were the pets of Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale),a concierge who worked at the Independence Inn, and later the Dragonfly Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy), the chef at the Dragon Fly Inn called Chin-Chin a walking flea circus. She didn't like Michel bringing his dogs to work because she didn't want her customers finding hair in the Lobster bisque.

Of the two dogs, Chin-Chin was one who was aloof, obnoxious, and a biter. His favorite song was "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.

Michel Gerard with a Photo of Chin-Chin
Michel Gerard holds a photo of his beloved Chin-Chin

Michel fed his dogs exotic dog food as well as homemade biscuits, and fresh-ground lamb. When Sookie dropped a sandwich on the ground at the Labor Day picnic, it was Paw-Paw who ate it. Chin Chin "doesn't even like barbeque" per Michel.

Chin-Chin died on episode "Farewell, My Pet" He was cremated at the animal hospital. His memorial service was held at The Dragon Fly Inn at 5:00PM (Twilight). After the memorial, his ashes were scattered under the poplar tree behind Michel's house where he so often went to think. The flowers at the the memorial were red, yellow, and orange Gerbera Daisies to complement Chin-Chin's fur. Before the service, Michel, in his grief, went to Luke's, a local coffee shop, and ate a hamburger in memory of his beloved Chin-Chin, who loved Luke's burgers.

TRIVIA NOTE:  The Chow breed comes from Mongolia and Northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi Quan, which means "puffy-lion dog."


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